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PORTABLE CLOTHES DRYER Russell R. BramamAda, Okla.
Applicationaseptember 30, 1952, Serial No. 312,331
3 Claims. (Cl. -34-163) This invention relates to new and useful improvements and structural refinements in clothes dryers and the principal object of the invention is to provide a portable dryer which may be conveniently and effectively employed in small homes, apartments, etc., for quickly and efliciently drying clothes, which may be easily moved from one location to another and which may be conveniently stored in a comparatively small space when it is not in use.
An important feature of the invention resides in the provision of a dryer having a plurality of radial arms adapted to support clothes thereon, the arms having rows of apertures at the undersides thereof, and means being provided for delivering hot air under pressure into the arms for discharging through the apertures on the damp clothes for drying the same.
Some of the advantages of the invention reside in its simplicity of construction, in its efficient operation, and in its adaptability to economical manufacture.
With the above more important objects and features in view, and such other objects and features as may become apparent as this specification proceeds, the invention consists essentially of the arrangement and construction of parts as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure l is a top plan view of the invention.
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially in the plane of the line 2-2 in Figure 1, and
Figure 3 is a fragmentary side elevational view of the dryer housing, one of the plugs and one of the clothes supporting arms or tubes.
Like characters of reference are employed to designate like parts in the. specification and throughout the several views.
Referring now to the accompanying drawings in detail, the invention consists of a clothes dryer which is designated generally by the reference character and embodies in its construction a suitable base 12 equipped with casters 14 and provided with a vertically adjustable standard 16. This standard preferably consists of a pair of slidably telescoped sections 16a, 16b, the section 16a having at its upper end a reinforcing ring 18 equipped with a clamping screw 20. This screw is frictionally engageable with the section 16b, so that the standard may be locked in any desired vertically adjusted position.
A bell shaped housing 22 is mounted at the upper end of the standard 16, the housing having a bottom wall 24 provided at the center thereof with an invaginated portion 26 to which the upper end of the standard section 16b is rigidly secured.
The upper portion of the housing 22 affords a substantially cylindrical chamber 28 accommodating a rotatable fan 30, the latter being secured to the armature shaft 32 of an electric motor 34 mounted on the top wall 36 of the housing. This top wall is provided with a plurality of air inlet openings '38.
A heating unit, electric-or otherwise, 40 is mounted in the housing 22 immediately under the fan 30 and the cord 42 of this element as well as the cord 44 of the 2,707,838 Patented May 10, 1955 motor 34 are connected to a common source of electric supply.
The lower portion of the bell shaped housing 22, in-
cluding the invaginated center portion 26 of the bottom 24 affords a downwardly flared hot air chamber 46 having a marginal wall 48 provided with a plurality of air outlet openings 50. These openings are intended to removably receive inner end portions of tubular arms 52 which extend radially from the housing and have closed outer ends 54, as is best shown in Figure 2. Each of the arms 52 is provided at the underside thereof with a plurality of air outlet apertures 56.
When the invention is placed in use, damp clothes may beplaced on the arms 52 by draping the'same over the arms so that the clothes hang downwardly in a doubled fashion. Thereupon, by energizing the motor 34 and the heating element 40, air drawn through the inlet openings 38 by the fan 30 will be passed over the heating element 40 and heated thereby, so that when it is delivered under pressure of the fan through the arms 52 and outwardly through the apertures 56 as indicated by the arrows 58, the hot air will pass downwardly through the clothes, that is, through the doubled thicknesses of clothes and will effectively dry the same.
The inner end portions of the arms 52 have secured thereto suitable straps 60 which not only provide stops for limiting the extent to which the arms may be inserted inwardly through the openings but which also afford anchoring points for lengths of chain 62 which are attached to lugs 64 on the bottom wall 24 of the housing. Thus, when the apparatus is not in use, the arms 52 may be simply withdrawn from the openings 50 and permitted to hang downwardly from the housing 22 by means of the lengths of chain 62.
Moreover, when the use of all the arms 52 is not desired for drying purposes, the arms which are not in use may be permitted to hang downwardly from the chains 62 and the openings 50 which do not have arms 52 inserted therein, may be closed by means of suitable plugs 66, as shown in Figure 3. These plugs are connected by flexible elements 68 to lugs 70 on the bottom wall 24 of the housing so that when the plugs 66 are not in use they may remain suspended from the housing by means of the elements 68 as shown in Figure 2.
It is believed that the advantages and use of the inven tion will be readily understood from the foregoing disclosure and accordingly, further description thereof at this point is deemed unnecessary.
While in the foregoing there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of this invention it is to be understood that minor changes in the details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. A clothes drier comprising a base, an upright standard on said base, a housing mounted at the upper end of said standard and alfording an upper fan chamber having an air inlet at the top thereof and a circular lower air heating chamber flaring downwardly from said fan chamber and having a plurality of circumferentially spaced air outlet openings in the side thereof, a heating unit provided in said air heating chamber, a fan provided in the fan chamber above said heating unit and said heating chamber, means for actuating said fan, and a plurality of tubes extending outwardly from said outlet openings and spaced circumferentially around said air heating chamber to receive clothes thereon, said tubes being provided with rows of hot air outlet apertures and having inner open ends to receive hot air from said air heating chamber.
2. In a clothes drier, the combination of a standard, a housing mounted on said standard and aifording an upper fan chamber having an air inlet at the top thereof and a circular lower air heating chamber flaring downwardly from said fan chamber and having a plurality of circumferentially spaced air outlet openings in the side thereof, a rotary fan provided in said fan chamber adjacent said air inlet and above said heating chamber, a motor mounted on top of said fan chamber for rotating said fan, a heating unit mounted in the air heating chamber under the fan, and a plurality of clothes receiving tubes extending radially from the air heating chamber and spaced around the same, said tubes having closed outer ends and open inner end portions extending through said outlet openings into said chamber, the tubes being provided at the underside thereof with rows of hot air outlet apertures.
3. A clothes drier comprising a base, an upright standard on said base, a housing mounted at the upper end of said standard and afiording a chamber having an air inlet at the top thereof and a plurality of air outlet openings at the sides thereof, a heating unit provided in said chamber, a fan provided in the chamber above said heating unit, means for actuating said fan, and a plurality of tubes extending outwardly from said outlet openings and adapted to receive clothes thereon, said tubes being provided with rows of hot air outlet apertures, said tubes being removable from said openings, and closure plugs provided for said openings.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS FOREIGN PATENTS 733,438 France July 11, 1932